Romans Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's Romans Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. (1-16) The sins of the Jews confuted all their vain confidence in their outward privileges. (17-29)1-16 The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character. The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God. And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root. But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil. It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being. The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart. Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, "treasuring up wrath." In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law. It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends. In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God. Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them. Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge. Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.
17-24 The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbours who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonour God, and cause his name to be blasphemed.
25-29 No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith. For he is no more a Christian now, than he was really a Jew of old, who is only one outwardly: neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh: but he is the real Christian, who is inwardly a true believer, with an obedient faith. And the true baptism is that of the heart, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; bringing a spiritual frame of mind, and a willing following of truth in its holy ways. Let us pray that we may be made real Christians, not outwardly, but inwardly; in the heart and spirit, not in the letter; baptized, not with water only, but with the Holy Ghost; and let our praise be, not of men, but of God.
BSP's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 12/03/2013, 12:21pm...
This verse shows that even the people of the nations had a conscience even though they were not under the Law of Moses. Stealing, incest, and murder are generally considered unacceptable in most nations. We were all created with a conscience and we should use it because we are all accountable to God.
Dom Agomuo's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 9/21/2013, 10:00pm...
God offered equal opportunity to all mankind through Christ. What each of us does with it is what endears us the more to Him or enstranges us from Him
Jonathan's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 8/20/2013, 7:12pm...
is it about the jews or gentiles and law of moeses
Fiona's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 9 on 8/04/2013, 1:54am...
Since there seems to be so many Jewish leaders around the world doing evil this needs to be brought to their attention. They seem to think they have a license to do as they please to who ever they want and they use the anti semetic thing far to much to get away with their evil.
Joy emmanuel's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 16 on 7/29/2013, 9:16pm...
we really need to be careful about our life. That is knowing what we say, what do and how we react towards God also having good heart for God. So that we will cause judgement on ourselves. May GOD have mercy upon our life.
Ayodele oluwaseun lateef's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 7/24/2013, 11:39pm...
My LORD is awesome.halelujah
Mike's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 5/20/2013, 6:34am...
at one time all men new god rom.1:21 it was and is mans place to share salvation,and it has been preached all over the world, a man in a deep dark jungle knowes there is a god. rom 1:20 a man knows in a jungle it is wrong to steal lie cheat or murder. god says the law is wrote on our heart, man does not need the oportunity to learn about god to be saved he knows ther is a god. man has no excuse at ALL! read rom. chapter one and let it sink in.
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